Guest Columns
  • #MeToo: One year later

    May 28 2019 by Megan Lively | with 0 comments

    When I came forward last year about a secret I had kept from everyone in my life, I had never heard of the #churchtoo movement or hashtag. Although I was vaguely familiar with the #metoo movement, I was not motivated by it to speak out. With...

  • More than a building

    May 23 2019 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    We all say it: “Let’s meet at the church.” Somewhere along the way we began referring to “the building where the church meets” as “the church.”   The early church started...

  • My ministry ‘failure’

    May 21 2019 by Randy L. Bennett | with 0 comments

    I have begun to sort through my books, give away materials collected over the years and empty out files in view of my retirement in the next few years.   I came across a file from back in the late 1970s when I...

  • ‘Hope-givers’ reaching refugees on brink of despair

    With tears streaming down her face, an elderly woman stood before me half way across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela. She was one of thousands to cross the bridge on foot that day. Most carried food, medicine,...

  • Leading a short-term mission trip is both exciting and intimidating, but in the midst of it all, mission leaders should seize the opportunity to prepare their teams for more than just the trip at hand. Short-term mission trips provide an...

  • Evaluating Kingdom partnerships

    May 17 2019 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    The Great Commission is the responsibility of the local church, where God expects each Christian to leverage his or her resources most effectively toward its fulfillment.   In this stewardship, churches must constantly evaluate their...

  • The church’s mission to make culture

    May 16 2019 by Dayton Hartman | with 0 comments

    The late founder of one of my alma maters was fond of saying, “If it’s Christian, it ought to be better.” This wasn’t an arrogant claim that Christians possess superior talents or abilities. It was just his way of saying...

  • God was calling

    May 14 2019 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    It’s a fact of life that the choices we make are important. We choose our schools, jobs, marriage partners and so forth.   Out of the 33 seminaries I looked into during my senior year at the University of...

  • #SBC19: A year’s vision recapped

    May 10 2019 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Last year, after accepting the nomination for presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), I laid out my prayers for our convention. One year in, as we prepare again for our annual meeting, I am just as excited to see God moving in every...

  • I went on my first short-term mission trip to Cancun, Mexico. While many of you may be thinking “that wasn’t a mission trip, that was a vacation,” let me assure you that it wasn’t. In fact, we didn’t see the ocean or...

  • It’s not 1997 anymore

    May 8 2019 by Terry W. Dorsett | with 0 comments

    “Everyone has to have a job,” a church growth guru told our group.   Throughout the three-hour seminar, he repeated his advice in many different ways: Everyone in the church should have a position of some sort, even if it is...

  • Worship when you’re weary

    May 7 2019 by Anna Schaeffer | with 0 comments

    I hit a rough patch a few weeks ago. Lots of things went wrong all at the same time.   I wasn’t walking through tragedy – just the heaviness of life. Yet I still felt so run-down by everything that was happening, it all made me...

  • I hate to rest. Rest is what lazy people do when they should be doing something productive. That was my perception, at least, when my wife and I prepared to go overseas as missionaries. I was very shocked, therefore, when we received instructions...

  • Four benefits of not outsourcing missions

    May 3 2019 by Ken McLemore, Liberty Baptist | with 0 comments

    One of the great joys of my life is encouraging and working with churches who are seeking to take their mission efforts to a higher level. As a starting point to assess where they are, I usually ask them to tell me about their church’s...

  • Pray simultaneously & extraordinarily

    May 2 2019 by Ronnie Floyd | with 0 comments

    Many Christians are so disappointed and fed up with matters about America that they struggle even to pray for our nation. Is this right? Is this justified?   Absolutely not!   And many Christians struggle...

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